In honor of brain injury awareness month – what to look for when you hit your head
If you’ve had a fall, a car accident, or been involved in any other event where you hit your head or could have, it’s important for you to know the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Some symptoms are present right away, but others can develop over days. Following is a list of common symptoms of a mild TBI, also known as a concussion.
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to sound
Changes in hearing
Problems with attention
Problems with memory
Slowed processing speed
Difficulty with learning
Trouble with organization
Difficulty with transitions
Problems with language
Lack of motivation
Seeking Medical Care
If you have any of the above symptoms, we recommend you get checked out; either from your primary doctor or by one of our brain injury specialists. If your symptoms last longer than 7 to 10 days, or if you are having trouble returning to work or school, then you should definitely see one of our specialists.
If you’ve had a more serious injury, or if you have any of the following symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention or call 911.
|Sudden severe headache / worst headache of your life
Seizure or convulsions
Sudden change in vision
One or both pupils of the eye get larger
Slurred speech or inability to speak
|Inability to move one side of the body
Sleepiness to the point of being unable to wake (change in mental status)
Severe confusion, restlessness or agitation
Any loss of consciousness
Difficulty walking or incoordination
Seeing a Specialist at Hennepin Healthcare
At Hennepin Healthcare we know TBI. We know it because we treat it every day. From mild to severe, day in and day out we admit more patients with a TBI than any other hospital in the state.
- Emergency care: call 911 or come directly to our Emergency Department
- Primary care or the Pediatric Clinic: Call 612-873-6963 to schedule
- To see a brain injury specialist: Call 612-873-6663 to schedule an appointment in our TBI Outpatient Program (ages 13 through adult) or the Pediatric Brain Injury Program (for ages 12 and younger).
Kary Lehman Briner, MS, LICSW is the Traumatic Brain Injury Center Coordinator at Hennepin Healthcare.